He replaced some of Fidel Castro's protégés in favor of his own allies.
Cuba's new president is not as close to Venezuela's Hugo Chávez as Fidel Castro. But Raul and Chávez need each other, now more than ever, say analysts.
The National Assembly elected Fidel's brother Sunday to be president in a vote that signals minor changes.
Venezuela's fiery president gears up to become Latin America's next leftist icon.
After nearly 50 years in power, Fidel effectively hands the reins to his younger brother, Raul Castro.
Cubans voted for 614 candidates running unopposed in Sunday's parliamentary poll.